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not understood] america's cup a year now. america's cup has been a great income resource for us. a a company in san francisco, we feel proud of this internationally known event. thank you. >> thank you. next speaker, please. >> good morning, supervisors. my name is douglas h-o-m-e. i'm a partner with lock ton insurance [speaker not understood] in san francisco. we employ 70 people at our office in embarcadaro. we have our insurance for america's cup authority and three of the america's cup teams. i wanted to speak to you this morning about the ~ financial and employment impact with the america's cup event authority has had on us so far and going forward. so,v we have three people that are all local employees live in san francisco that work correctly on america's cup business every day. and the business that we have, we place with insurance companies in san francisco, four different companies. and i know that they have staffed up to take this business, too. i have other clients on the waterfront that benefit greatly from the america cup and what aca, they purchased another yvesal -- vessel t
i like to think of the america's cup as people from janitorial service. they actually gave us a chance to be -- first we started off just doing offices. then we started and did -- the small event, then a second small event, then we presented ourselves with the team to go after the [speaker not understood]. it was very informative, supervisors. and i plan to use the first source so we'll contact them immediately. we found out they were going to get the larger part of the contract. we'd like to start off the process very good. so, again, i really appreciate what america's cup has given us the opportunity to do. thank you very much. >> thank you. next speaker. >>> thank you, mr. avalos, for convening this. thank you, supervisors. i'm owen murphy. i like craft. we're the people that are very, very conversant with private entities coming to the city at moscone center and other venues to put up trade shows. we anticipate hopefully this would be the case in america's cup and so far i can say it's been a great disappointment. as we speak, if you go down to the piers right now, there a
on the world, on america's position on the global stage and the first sentence of my book is i grew up in beirut on the front lines of a civil war. and my father always said if america wanted the conflict to end, it would be over tomorrow. so it sort of frames the whole discussion about what is america, what can it do, how much power does it really have and to try to find the balance between this illusion of how much power america actually has and what is really happening on the ground. so that kind of frames the discussion. but i lived in beirut my whole life. i became a journalist there. living through war is what drove me to become a journalist. i was always keen to understand the chaos around me, understand why i had to live through what i was living, you know, alongside the other four million lebanese who were there. i covered the middle east extensively, syria -- which, unfortunately, is going through its own terrible conflict at the moment -- saudi arabia, iraq. and then i applied for a bbc job to cover the state department. i was already their correspondent in beirut. i was wri
center and other venues to put up trade shows. we anticipate hopefully this would be the case in america's cup and so far i can say it's been a great disappointment. as we speak, if you go down to the piers right now, there are banners proclaiming the america's cup. we are the signage display union. that is what we do. if you see the banners on moscone, we put them up. we had great difficulty streamlining the process so our contractors can get involve in the project, see the plan and understand. we have had one company that has told us that they were in line for a contract with a construction of what look like in a rendition here, you can go to the slide, the front part of this is kiosks and signage. that company is in alameda. that business is gone away. we don't know who is going to build it, we don't know who is going to install t. can you give us a streamline clearchannel so we can tell our contractors to how to go forward in the next few months. all of those on the pier, right now we have an interest in our contractors saying who did the work? i don't know. >> thank you. next speake
call items number 4 and 5 together? ~ >> item number 4, hearing to review the status of the america's cup organizing committee's efforts to raise $32 million from private sources to reimburse the city for a portion of the city's costs related to the america's cup, including an update from the controller on the acoc's financial position, what the city's potential liabilities are if the acoc fails to raise this sum, and what the city's options are for recovering any outstanding fund-raising obligations, and will also consider the original determination of financial feasibility for the america's cup, and whether the city is still responsible for staging the event when the event organizers have not fulfilled their financial obligations. item number 5, hearing to review the status of the america's cup event authority's compliance with their commitments in the workforce development and local small business inclusion plan to comply with the san francisco's mandatory local hiring program and use union contractors for all construction and temporary installation work, and with the prevailing
interesting take on the world come on america's position on the global stage. the first sentence of my book is i grew up in beirut on the frontlines of a civil war. and my father always said if america wants the conflict and it would be over tomorrow. it sort of frames the whole discussion about what is america, what can you do, how much power does it really have it and to try to find a balance between the solution of how much power america actually has and what is really happening on the ground. so that kind of brings the discussion. i lived in beirut my whole life. became a journalist there. living through war is what drove me to become a journalist. understand why i had to live through what it was living alongside the other 4 million lebanese who were there. i cover the middle east extensively, syria which enforces going to his own terrible conflict at the moment. saudi arabia, iraq and then i applied for a bbc job to cover the state to cover the state department of the to cover the state department to us over the course but in beirut that i was running for others as well, but i listen m
[speaker not understood] is local. we go further. 31% of america's cup authority staff, skilled, unskilled, entry level or specialist, are all local. i think pretty importantly, 51% of all vendor staff are local. if i could add to that, i believe that percentage is actually going to get better because we've let a lot of the larger contracts, the backfill will be smaller contracts that support the big ones. i expect those numbers to get even better than they currently are. so, in summary on the local hiring, i would suggest the following. firstly, as i said previously, we do not have any obligations. we are doing this voluntarily. secondly, in the spirit of our relationship with the city and what's trying to be achieved by these requirements, we've taken them on board. and thirdly, while the standard calls for good faith efforts, in actual fact at the edv of last year we were exceeding them. so, once again, i think this is a great story. it's nothing for us to hide behind. we should publicize these, we should review the neighboring months and we should hold them up as an example of how a p
in america in the attempt to discredit isolationists and encourage the united states to enter world war ii. it's about a half an hour. [applause] >> thank you for coming. this is a sort of home town book for you in washington. i should begin i suppose by saying that writing about spies is a tricky business. the history of any great espionage operation is by definition a secret undertaking. so it's full of shadow characters and murky dealings but making the matters worse in this story is the fact that all of the preexisting accounts were full of hopelessly muddled stories, modeled by exaggeration and misdirection and fly is both official and unofficial and that made tracking the truth is very slippery business. the history of the british spies, working america that is to save the history of the allies schley and on our allies, friends spying on friends is a story that a lot of people wanted to forget. both countries wanted to suppress so it is particularly tangled mess. working on this book i was reminded from one of my favorite westerns the man who shot liberty the jimmy stewart man asks t
you help it ride along help it for tomorrow and the america's cup went sailing on the san francisco bay i'm thankful for public comment here and that's -- and this is what i got to say calling america's cup budget to ride along to another budget shore we can sail our lives away and be free once more ride, budget, ride upon your mystery budget ship and i hope you get a lot of very good gifts ride city budget ride upon america's cup mystery budget ship and i hope you get a great wind with a budget lift ride, budget >>> good morning, supervisors. my name is ignacio castillo and i represent the laborerses local 261. and i am here today as a representative of laborers local 261 and also as a member. i represent a lot of folks here in san francisco, over 4,000 members. we'd like to get the opportunity to work on a lot of the work that has been performed to the america's cup. also, we are willing not only to work with the local businesses, also with the local contractors to help them meet the goals or the requirements of the prevailing wage order, the wages that need to be paid and be half
. it is a fundamental that every common sense american can look to and it goes against all of us understand america to be. that a government can tell a business they can't sell a big gulp. that is ridiculous. thank god for michael bloomberg to throw it out in front of us. that ban we can use as an example and show how the government is intrusive. do you want the government to run like new york? it was a local decision. if people want to live under that in new york let them. if people want to live out of new york and live in another state where they don't want to live under the ban, let them. that is the wonderful thing about our country. >> final comments on that? >> what is the question? >> is this the end of the silly bans? >> as long as you have people believe they are entitled by their intelligence or their office to ram throughouts down other people their food choices, their beliefs, this will go on. what will change is when people who think the way in people in this room do. when people think these things through and get upset at the idea that the founder fathers of a man like that running an
as president is making sure we do everything we can to reignite the engine of america's economic growth. yesterday we received some welcome news on that front. we learned that businesses added nearly 236,000 jobs last month. the unemployment rate fell to 7.7%. still too hi, but lower than when i took office. -- too high, but lower than when i took office. our manufacturers are bringing jobs back to america. our stock market has rebounded. numeral's are being built and sold at a faster pace. -- new homes are being built and sold at a faster pace. we need to keep that going. how do we make america a magnet for new jobs? how do we equip more people with the skills. to choir? how do we make sure -- with the skills that jobs require? that needs to be our north star. when big businesses are gaining more track, the last thing we should do is allow washington politics to get in the way. you deserve better. gridlock is too often passed a serious debate. that is why i have been reaching out to both parties to see if we can untangle some of the gridlock. earlier this week, i met with some republic
of the america's cup world that we have now that we didn't have back in 2010. is the presentation going to come up? so, back in 2010, most of what we had to go off of was the experience of prior america's cup events. since then the number of syndicates that are going to be involved has become much clearer, likely crowd sizes, perhaps clearer. the amount of spending by various organizations also clearer. so, this first slide provides an indication of some of the changes and assumptionses that we've made. the important one is a change in number of syndicates from 15 down to 4. we've changed the number of the amount of spending by the cup management from about 196 million down to 150 million. most of it reflecting the fact that there are fewer syndicates. those who are directly involved with the event authority may have different numbers, but the best information that we have available -- >> did you have anything based on the experience we had of last year? >> with the world series events? no, we purposely did not use the world series events. there are a couple different ways of going in terms of
. and strengthens the fabric of america by advancing immigrant integration. the bottom line is that we should have an immigration system whose components work in tandem. if we are to restore the rule of law, the most essential element of immigration reform is an earned legalization program with a real, achievable work -- road map to citizenship. not because enforcement is not important, but because the enforcement is all we have done. restoring the rule of law requires we have to do both. once we restored the will lovelock, our ability to preserve it -- once would have restored the rule of law, our ability to preserve it involves having comprehensive immigration reform. the reality is that they are highly complementary and both fulfil our nation's goal of strengthening family values and achieving the global economic competitive that we want. the time is now. members of both parties are committed to deliver a solution. all community and organizations will be in the trenches to make it happen. [speaking spanish] >> good morning, everybody. i want to thank the national conferenceadership for a 90 cha
new. just be a idea that america was talking about for a pope. the idea that they have a level of influence perhaps. that has not been seen in the past. the idea that they are being taken so seriously that they would be considered for pope gives you an indication that the concerns that the issues, that all of the people in america have brought to the church are being heard in a very clear way. but for all of that, look at faces of crowd. tamron, this is a moment of absolute celebration. >> absolutely it is, chris. let me go to claudio, he is standing by with more people in that crowd, witnessing firsthand the celebration. claudio? >> well, tamron, no need to held you who these guys are supporting. the american cardinals. two student living abroad here in rome. one is jacob from new york. guys, who are you supporting. >> o'malley. >> dolan. >> o'malley and dolen, front runners. do you really care whether it is an american pope or will you support anybody that shows up on the balcony next? >> i would support anyone. it would be nice to be american but as long as they are a good c
city budget ride upon america's cup mystery budget ship and i hope you get a great wind with a budget lift ride, budget >>> good morning, supervisors. my name is ignacio castillo and i represent the laborerses local 261. and i am here today as a representative of laborers local 261 and also as a member. i represent a lot of folks here in san francisco, over 4,000 members. we'd like to get the opportunity to work on a lot of the work that has been performed to the america's cup. also, we are willing not only to work with the local businesses, also with the local contractors to help them meet the goals or the requirements of the prevailing wage order, the wages that need to be paid and be half of all of our members which he he a lot of those members are local residents, i'll work with them. we urge you to take the necessary steps to make sure everything works perfect and wages be paid correctly. thank you. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >>> my name is frances patrick and i wanted to clarify. are we talking about one item, item number 45* or item number 4 or both? >> right
america a land for good jobs? how do we equip people with skills and training to do those jobs? how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent iving? please feel free to sit down. i'm sorry. everyone is standing. maybe it was one of the effects of the sequester. you had to get rid of chairs. [laughter] i chose argonne national lab because few areas hold more promise for creating good jobs and growing our economy than how we use american energy. after years of talking about it, we are poised to take control of our energy future. we produce more oil that we have in 15 years. we import less oil than we had in 20 years. we have doubled the amount of renewable energy that we generate from wind and solar. tens of thousands of good jobs to show for it. we are producing more natural gas than we have before that hundreds of thousands of good jobs to show for it. we have supported the first new nuclear power plant in america since the 1970s. we are sending less carbon pollution in the environment and e have in nearly 20 years. we are making progress across the board. it is possible in part be
-- the child abuse scandal. it was particularly scandalous in north america, and there is a deep sense the church needs to reform. we are moving now into a close- up of the -- of the balcony. as i say, i'm straining my eyes to see. it has disappeared. i'm straining my eyes to see whether we could see shadows behind the curtain. we should, at any moment -- >> in the meantime, we are seeing lots of cheering, waving people. all as excited about who the new pope is going to be as well as the catholic viewers, all waiting to see the identity of the new pope. you were mentioning earlier that the cardinals conclave -- it has ended much quicker than we thought. >> this is extraordinary. the amount of time that it took -- it is the same amount of time approximately that it took to elect the previous pope. it's not extraordinarily fast. it only surprise many of us because there was no favorite. therefore, there was a great deal of speculation about the cardinals being divided and therefore taking a long time, having to choose a compromise candidate. now it would appear that because of the time s
for the america's cup event? >> my expectation for rev par is that it would see a significant bump. having in addition between 5 and 25,000 people in the city on a given day could lead to a vastly significant bump than we saw during the world series. i believe that ted reported an increase of about 3.6% during the world series events. it would be my expectation that the america's cup will leave the town and the defense would incur substantially larger increase he in rev par over the course of the event. >> [speaker not understood] five days of the event last year drew 150,000 people total. >> okay. >> that does president seem like the same as what you just said. >> no, the numbers that i was quoting are expectations for the america's cup. the number that you i believe just mentioned was for the world series. again, 2 million may be a highest matt and i don't -- given the work that i've done, i don't believe that to be the case. i don't believe that the world series -- there are probably others in the room better able to speak to this than i am. i don't believe the world series and louie vu
is broken, not doing enough to harness the ingenuity of those who work hard to find a place here in america, and after avoiding the problem for years, the time has come to fix it once and for all. the time's come from the comprehensive, sensible immigration reform. lou: the president went on to put a time line on the issue saying he wanted congress to debate immigration reform next month, and that he wants a bill to sign as soon as possible. he's rallying support for gun control, and new york city mayor michael bloomberg is picking 7:the slack, pumping $12 million of his own money into a national ad campaign trying to persuade senators to support expanded background checks, and cbs learned the hard way not to mess with american's veterans or my fox news colleague. the network angered many when an episode of the "amazing race" featured wreckage of an american b [laughter] 5-- b-52 bomber that was used as a prop. last night, the network aired this apology. >> last sunday's episode filled in vietnam was insensitive to a group important to us, our nation's veterans. we apologize, particularly t
, director of communications for the gun owners of america. paul helmkey, former president of brady campaign and, indiana university professor. the supre court took up the first major examination of gay rights in a decade. the court hearing arguments over california's proposition 8 which band same sex marriage. it is the first of two days of hearings on the subject. fox news supreme court correspondent shannon bream with our report. >> reporter: following argument today, the supreme court must now decide whether or not to uphold the wishes of california votersho, in 2008, ratified an initiative known as prop 8. itmended the california constitution to limit valid an legally recognized marriages to only those between man and one woman. a number of the justices today asked why individual states shouldn't be able to make their own decisions about the relatively new concept including samuel alito who said the idea of same sex marriage is newer than cell phones and the internet. >> on the question like that, of such fundamental importance, why should it not be left forhe people? either asking thro
? >>> plus, could a brazilian pope help strengthen u.s. ties to latin america? a deep dive into that possibility and what the changing political landscape in latin america holds after decades of sort of cold war-style american treatment of the political situation down there. but first, a look ahead at today's politics planner. you know a lot about what the president's up to today. a meeting with business leaders, talking about immigration. they want to make the case that they're doing other issues, besides the budget. not sure the public is hearing anything other than the budget. you're watching "the daily rundown," only on msnbc. [ tylenol bottle ] nyquil what are you doing? [ nyquil bottle ] just reading your label. wait...you relieve nasal congestion? sure don't you? [ nyquil bottle ] dude! [ female announcer ] tylenol® cold multi-symptom nighttime relieves nasal congestion. nyquil® cold and flu doesn't. ♪ the middle of this special moment and i need to run off to the bathroom. ♪ i'm fed up with always having to put my bladder's needs ahead of my daughter. ♪ so t
will never, ever win. we are here to restore america, and the rest is dramatics. the rest is sound and fury. it is just making noise. host: sarah palin at the cpac conference. below this, a photograph of sarah palin with the freshman senator from texas. , he has been getting a lot of -- he has been getting a lot of attention. this and the high-powered weapons. he credits sarah palin in helping in the senate primary last year, so he was the keynote speaker of the entire conference, and sarah palin asked him to also introduce her, so he came and gave a very friendly, favorable introduction of sarah palin, crediting her with a really helping conservatives get elected. host: where does this movement go next? it was pointed out back in the 1970's, cpac insisted of about 125 people. it has grown over the years and became a favorite stop of ronald reagan, first as a candidate, and then as president. what is next? guest: there is a divide. the conservative movement has become much bigger than it was in the 1970's. the republican party. the straw poll results are popularity contests, to be sure, but
opportunities to expand production of america's abundant energy resources and this budget will stop the unfair use of funding from hard- working americans. as a job creator and a cpa, i have seen firsthand how domestic american energy production can be a valuable component in creating jobs and fixing our nation's balance. the u.s. has combined recoverable and natural gas, oil, and coal and that is the largest in the earth, larger than russia, saudi arabia, or china. today, the united states is known as the saudi arabia of natural gas. the chart on the screen, if we can bring it up, illustrates how we can bring revenues by hundreds of billions of dollars by not enacting punitive taxes and by expanding exploration for energy on federal lands and oceans. the loss potential is also $200 billion. you could say there is a trillion dollar gap between the two numbers. this administration wastefully invests in corporate welfare programs like solyndra. solynda has several brothers and sisters. this is not fair. think about the stem education or basic research. it could have been funded if this taxpayer
, as well as everyday tragedies that happen far too often all across america. today there is genuine disagreement about what steps we should take to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in this country. ,ut you, the american people have spoken. you have made it clear that it is time to do something. senators here in washington have listened and have taken big steps forward. two weeks ago, the senate advanced a bill that would make it harder for criminals and people with severe mental illness and getting their hands on a gun. it is an idea that is supported by nine out of 10 americans, including the majority of gun owners. finally, the seneca steps to reinstate and strengthen a ban on the sale of military style assault weapons -- the senate put in steps to reinstate and strengthen a ban on the sale of military-style assault. these ideas should not be controversial. they are common sense. they are supported by the majority of the american people. i urge the senate and the house to get each of them a vote. we may not be able to prevent every act of violence, but together we have an oblig
first nonfiction book "defending the spirit: black life in america," you write it is no longer fashionable to say it, i am obsessively black. raise is an overarching aspect of my identity, america made me this way but more accurately white americans havemy identity this way but more accurately white americans have made me this way. i am a regarding white people with irreducible mistrust and dull deflect. >> guest: that is right. when i was a little boy, i remember at the age of 5, people started to talk about race. i thought was absurd. i couldn't distinguish one from the other. people are people. but the winds, as i say, they registered the need to s, as i registered the need to surface and things areound s, as i say, registered the need to surface and things ares, as i say, they registered the need to surface and things are forgotten in the conscious mind their remembered in other places. this question about what i wrote has to do with an involuntary reflex, that one is a member of a group that did horrible things to me. and to my mother and my father and everyone i knew. doe
are proud to be a part of a strong coalition. denied for america coalition, and all that it has done to make this moment possible. it includes not only all of us who are here, but those were organizer celebrations all across the country. or more than 150 events in all 50 states that are going on with us. [cheers and applause] >> and our other organizations involved in the united for marriage coalition like the human rights campaign. [cheers and applause] get equal. [cheers and applause] family equality council. [cheers and applause] the new organizing institute. [cheers and applause] good as you. [cheers and applause] glaad. [cheers and applause] marriage equality u.s.a. [cheers and applause] and there are many others all across this country, and our allies right here in d.c. who are working for this moment and beyond to ensure that the freedom to marry is a law in the states of the united states of america. it is for us and we're going to get that day. >> it's true, darlene. we're going to get that day, and this movement is beautiful. it is strong. it is national. it is grassroots, and we'r
of america's least favorite leaders. ahmadinejad. nt raul castro, cuba's leader and left wing activists like sean penn also came to pay their respects. the economy suffered under chavez and the system he bequeathed favors only the party faithful. >> he was a laborer who said he was blacklisted after he signed a petition against chavez. >> after the first few years it became a disaster for everyone. confrontation between brothers and fronalds. >> his supporters will remember him as a revolutionary who fought for the poor but questions about how he governed and the mistakes he made means history may not judge chavez so kindly. >> in caracas and a dramatic time for the people of venezuela. i'm joined by nelson. an influential journalist continuing getting scoops. nelson very well connected. what did chavez mean for the venezuelan people? >> there's before chavez and afterchavez. he was a great team for the poor people and he was the hope that they didn't have. he was the familia for all these poor people. that's why they were crying because he really touched him and touched more than the poor.
accused america of talking to the taliban. we asked what sense we could make of the comments. >> he is in part speaking to a local audience, who are increasingly feeling that nato and the u.s. have abandoned him. earlier he said the opposite, saying he was going to join the taliban. >> he is trying to make a political case. is this because of a political message he is giving his people? >> president karzai has tended to blame everybody but the afghan government for his mistakes. he has blamed the taliban, the united states and others. he usually lumps the taliban and pakistan together in tandem. it is just a variation of two of the three main targets he usually does for political consumption. >> what does he mean by colluding with the taliban? >> he was arguing that they both had a come goal of weakenening the state of afghanistan. it is not like they were talking or colluding in the sense of cooperating together. it was both wanted a weaker afghanistan and weaker government. >> today we have two more american soldiers killed by an insider attack. it seems after 12 years at best, th
was historic for several reasons, not least he is the first pope to come from latin america. the choice has been welcomed across the region. we have this report from when this areas. as thee was celebration news came through of a pope not just from latin america, but from argentina. more roman catholics live in south america than anywhere else in the world. they hope this will alter the focus of the church. this man said having an argentine pope shows we have a great country. this is great for the whole catholic church, she said. she is happy he is argentine. has spentergoglio his life in argentina. as a priest and an archbishop he is known for his simple living in a small apartment rather than a palace. and for his work with the poor. the argentine president has often clashed with him but welcomes his election. >> today is an historic day. for the first time in 2000 years, we have a pope that belongs to latin america. >> people gathered in the cathedral formats, giving thanks for an argentine pope and that the voice of latin american will be heard at the highest level of the vatican. speak
march on and look forward. we still buy america's future for today, all good. >>> this is a fox news alerted. nbc news is reporting that that venezuelan president hugo chavez has passed away. we have heard that his health has been deteriorating. it's been confirmed that the president has in fact died. so eric we go to you first on this one. big news and big news for the future of venezuela. arguably of the world. >> eric: a lot of implications, on foreign policy. he has never been a friend to america. he has done things that made us upset. he called george bush the devil of diablo. he will ship oil and get refined products. he was going to ship that china even though it cost him a lot more to keep it out of hands of the americans. if the reports are true, i guess they are, i would say no love lost between united states and venezuela and hopefully the next regime, it will be more friendly more peaceful regime, let's call it market orientated. >> this could be a huge opportunity for the united states. do you think it is opportunity. >> dana: i think the opportunity exists for the peopl
, sears, all moving higher. and then bank of america retail. we should look a j.c. penney. the sticking up for his boss saying beleaguer ceo brian johnson is not going anywhere adding that the retailer's turnaround plan will take a lot more patients from investors. let me quickly check at the moment. what is interesting to know about that is it, too, is hired at the moment. j.c. penney notwithstanding the gains for retail stocks. we should let you know that the latest retail sales numbers, consumers are still taking up their wallets even with less take-home pay. we are keeping a shot on the balcony, of course here at st. peter's basilica because we don't know when this announcement is going to be made. we know their is a pope. for those of you who heads the -- just tuning in, yes, we did get the white smoke, which is a very big deal. we know their is a pope. as we wait to year the front runner and the winner really is we should let you know that he is being fitted for the clothing that he will wear it for his entire term as pope. the term goes until he passes or in what had just happened w
republican values. [applause] we gather here today at a watershed moment for america. our country is facing great challenges, and many americans wonder will america continued to be, as ronald reagan so eloquently described it, a shining city on a hill. much thatthere is so keeps me up at night. let me tell you about some of the things that keep me up at night. too many americans are out of work. federal regulations are strangling businesses. obamacare is increasing health- care costs and stopping so many of those businesses from hiring, and i come from a small-business family. i know what that is why, how hard our small businesses work. we have a broken tax code. [applause] and the president and senate democrats, they just want to keep increasing taxes, making it harder and harder for our small businesses to hire and grow and put people to work in this country. our nation is drowning in debt. straight yearsr of $1 trillion deficit. we are in hock to china. and i will tell you why i ran for office. i am blessed to be the mother of two wonderful children. is 8, and jacob, who is age 5 -- kate
of america, "how illicit trade made america." i discovered the argument was even more true than i thought at the outset which is you can't even explain the founding of the country, the american revolution, the new republic, wars of various sorts which i'll tell you more in just a second, westward expansion, the slave trade, economic development, border dynamics and so on without taking into account smuggling dynamics of various sorts. so put that more front and center in the story of america, retelling the american epic through the lens of smuggling is what this book does. and there's actually a large literature on various pieces of this, right? the drug trade, migration and so on. but this is a 300-year sweep, and so it's kind of a first take. i'm sure it's a flawed back as some of my colleagues will tell you maybe, but it's a first take of sort of rereading america's epic and the rest of the world through the lens of smuggling and of trade. since we're here at brown university where i teach with my colleagues, one of the things i found quite dramatic and shocking is the importance of br
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